The Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Department of Public Health (DPH) were tasked with coordinating the state’s Ebola preparedness work.  MEMA’s primary focus is ensuring that the Commonwealth’s public safety professionals - - police, fire, EMS, and emergency management - - are informed, trained, equipped and prepared to respond to, and manage situations involving persons who are sick with the Ebola Virus Disease, or are suspected of having, or at risk of coming down with Ebola either because of recent travel to certain countries in West Africa or recent contact with someone who is sick with Ebola.

MEMA collaborated with local and state public safety partners to disseminate guidance on dealing with persons suspected of having Ebola, developed minimum standards for the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), ensured that public safety training needs were identified and met, examined potential legal issues involving quarantines, and established communications protocols to provide first responders immediate medical guidance from a DPH epidemiologist when assessing whether a person with flu-like symptoms may have Ebola.

Resources for public safety professionals:

  • Ebola Legal Guidance  pdf format of Ebola Legal Guidance
. Guidance from MEMA and DPH on the Legal Authority of a Police Officer to Enforce a Quarantine Order or Detain an Individual Who May Have Ebola. Updated: 11/17/2015. Source: Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.
  • PPE Guidance for First Responders pdf format of PPE Guidance for First Responders
. Guidance on PPE for first responders who may respond to, or deal with individuals who are suspected of having Ebola. Updated: 11/17/2015. Source: Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency
  • - Advisory from MPDH Office of Emergency Medical Services to all Massachusetts licensed ambulance providers regarding the response to and assessment, transport and treatment of individuals who are suspected to have Ebola. Updated: 9/23/2015. Source: Massachusetts Department of Public Health Office of Emergency Medical Services.
  • MPTC Guidelines for Police Officers  pdf format of MPTC Guidelines for Police Officers
. This is a presentation from the Municipal Police Training Committee containing background information on Ebola and updated guidance for police officers who may respond to, or deal with individuals who are suspected of having Ebola. Updated: 11/14/2014. Source: Municipal Police Training Committee.
  • Guidelines from Department of Fire Services on Proper Use of PPE pdf format of Guidelines for Potential Infectious Disease Response – 
file size 1MB - This presentation gives guidance to public safety agencies on donning and doffing personal protective equipment (PPE) for high level infectious diseases, in response to Ebola concerns. Updated: 11/14/2014. Source: Massachusetts Department of Fire Services.
  • - Advisory from MPDH Office of Emergency Medical Services to all Massachusetts licensed ambulance providers regarding the response to and assessment, transport and treatment of individuals who are suspected to have Ebola. Updated: 9/23/2015. Source: Massachusetts Department of Public Health Office of Emergency Medical Services.
  • USDOT Safety Advisory: Packaging and Handling Ebola Virus Contaminated Infectious Waste for Transportation to Disposal Sites. Date of Posting: 10/29/2014. Source: U.S. Department of Transportation.
  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance for Monitoring and Movement of Persons with Potential Ebola Virus Exposure. Date of Posting: 10/29/2014. Source: Centers for Disease Control.
  • Protocol for first responders to receive immediate telephone guidance from a DPH epidemiologist when assessing whether a person may have Ebola and making decisions about the care and transport of such a person: Ebola: Protocol for First Responders to Obtain Immediate Assistance from DPH  docx format of Ebola: First Responders & Immediate DPH Assistance
. Date of Posting: 10/28/2014. Source: Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.
  • The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidance for PSAP’s and EMS personnel managing calls for service for persons who may have Ebola. Date of Posting: 10/28/2014. Source: Centers for Disease Control.